Great Turn-Out at the Toronto SharePoint Camp

These types of events have often been very technically focused, so I wasn’t sure how many people would turn out for my sessions on “Mind Mapping Tools for the Information Architect” and “Effective Requirements Gathering Workshops – How to organize and run them”. I was pleasantly surprised when my room filled up nicely (between 40 – 60 people at each session), with quite a few staying for both.

I attended some really interesting sessions as well:
  – MOSS Search: Why it’s not enough to just turn it on by Nadeem Mitha
  – Effective Deployment of SharePoint Publishing Sites by Ivan Neganov
  – Architecture into Implementation: The practical limits of people and SharePoint by Eli Robillard

For those who are looking to download my presentations, they are at the following link:

The items that begin with “Ruven Gotz” are the actual presentations. The rest are PDF’s of Mind Maps that I used as examples.

For more on my demo of Balsamiq Mockups, see the Balsamiq site:

Congratulations to Eli Robillard and Bill Brockbank (and a ton of other volunteers) for putting together a great event. There were well over 200 attendees and I heard a lot of positive comments from a number of “Happy Campers”.

About Ruven Gotz

Ruven Gotz is a Director with Avanade, Microsoft’s Global Partner. As a Microsoft SharePoint MVP with over 20 years of IT industry experience, Ruven has spent the past nine years delivering award-winning SharePoint solutions for a wide range of clients. Working as a Business Analyst and Information Architect, Ruven is able to apply his eclectic education and varied experience in Psychology, Computer Science, Economics, Software Development and Training to get to the heart of complex problems. Ruven is a great communicator who is able to discuss technology concepts in language that is relevant to his audience, whether they are from IT or business. He has become a leader in the use of visual tools to help his clients and team members achieve shared understanding of problems and goals and shared commitment towards implementing a successful solution. Ruven recently authored “Practical SharePoint 2010 Information Architecture” (Apress) Ruven lives in Toronto, Canada. On Tuesday nights in the summer, you’ll find him racing his 24’ sailboat ‘In the Groove’ (NOTE: Ideas and opinions on this blog are my own: I am not representing my employer.)
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5 Responses to Great Turn-Out at the Toronto SharePoint Camp

  1. Your session on Mind Mapping was fantastic Ruven! I am sure almost all of us learned some new techniques for dealing with client requirements, taxonomy building, and working out shifting details like the navigation of a portal. Mind Mapping and the Mind Manager tool you demonstrated will certainly help save tons of time for me personally in the future.

    I am sure the requirements gathering presentation was also extremely good and will no doubt review the materials on the SharePoint Camp website when they are up (if not already) 🙂

    Thanks again,
    Richard Harbridge

  2. Hey Ruven,

    I was just reading over your slides for requirements gathering session. Some interesting and good points outlined in it, I wish I could have seen it!

    If you plan to do any presentations on the near future let me know, it would be interesting to hear more on how you deal with analysis, planning and communication issues, and common client scenarios.

    Richard Harbridge

  3. Ruven Gotz says:

    Hi Richard,

    I’ll be presenting an almost identical session in San Diego at the SharePoint Best Practices conference from Feb 2 – 4. A bit short notice, but it would be cool if you could make it.


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